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About The Cat & Cage

The Cat & Cage is one of Dublin's oldest pubs. First licenced in 1690, there has been a licensed premises continuously here for over 330 years!

About the pub

First licensed in 1690, the Cat & Cage is one of Dublin’s oldest surviving coach houses. At one point in its history, it was also a postal stop, where rebels during the 1798 rebellion seized a postal cart to signal to others in north County Dublin to revolt.

One of Dublin’s oldest and best known pubs, Sean O’Casey devoted an entire chapter of his autobiography to a raucous night spent in the Cat & Cage in the 1890’s, when the building was a thatched cottage on the outskirts of Dublin City. O’Casey, in the company of his brothers, had an altercation with the local constabulary, escaping only by sequestering a horse and cart!

Recently renovated to a very high spec, with a sympathetic eye to the history of the pub with a contemporary twist, the owners feel a deep sense of importance in continuing the legacy of the Cat & Cage into its 4th Century of business.

The Lounge

The Lounge is designed to be a very elemental experience. Hand crafted wood meets hand crafted concrete table tops; original features meets salvaged items designed to honour the history and heritage of the pub. Soft lighting and large communal tables are designed to bring out the more social side of our customers – whether that’s an intimate date for two or a party of twenty two!

The Bar

At the heart of the pub is a traditional Bar, a place for the locals to congregate. For groups to gather. For stories to be told, sports to be watched and songs to be sung. The bar at the Cat & Cage is an informal meeting point for the young and old of Drumcondra and much further afield.

The Snug

Just inside the front door is the Snug. Positioned along the side of the Lounge Bar, the Snug brings you back in time and hints at the centuries old origins of the pub. The bar is set to a lower level, harking back to its origins centuries ago, when people were shorter and the stories were taller! The height of the bar and chairs are designed to give you a sense of what it might have been like to sit here in 1690.

The Upstairs Lounge

As you go up the stairs at the Cat & Cage, you travel back to a dramatic, colourful 1970’s retro experience. A place to chill out with friends…and a drink or two. The Upstairs also incorporates ‘Cat Sounds’ – the most technically advanced Karaoke & Multi-Media studio in the city. It’s an audio visual feast of fun for groups of up to 15 people. The studio can be hired for Karaoke sessions, Gaming parties, Sports & event watch parties, private movie nights or to record your podcast, Vlogs or Social Media content.

Jobs and Training

The Cat & Cage is a busy and exciting place to work. We are always on the lookout for motivated Managers, Bartenders, Waiters, Kitchen Staff and other hourly positions.

If you’re interested in working in a fun and highly rewarding atmosphere, with a great team, then email your resume to

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